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New Criticism and Deconstruction as Applied to A Midsummer Nights Dream In the play A Midsummer Nights Dream there are many ambiguities used to voice themes of the play One of those ambiguous themes is presented by Robin Goodfellow a character who is often associated with puns throughout the course of the play He states That every man should take his own In your walking shale be shown Jack shale have Jill Naught shall go ill The man shall have his mare again and all shall be well 32488-491 There are two main ways to interpret the theme in this passage First through the style of a New Critic that is to see all aspects as contributing to a whole unit To do this the passage must not be interpreted literally puns hidden meanings and implied ideas must all be taken into consideration in order to produce a whole poem which is many times much deeper than what first appears In this way the theme of the passage would be that once your true love is found than you will live in happiness for the rest of your life The second way of reading this passage is through the eyes of deconstruction The deconstructionist uses the puns hidden meanings and implied ideas against the work in order to emphasize the undecidedness of the poem breaking down the structure of the text Deconstruction can be used to disprove the theme of this passage New Criticism and Deconstruction can both be applied to Robins passage in order to gain a better understanding of the theme Metzler 2 First the theme can be supported by using text throughout the play as viewed by that of a New Critic As stated earlier the theme of this passage is once you find your true love than you will live in happiness for the rest of your life There are many passages in the text that
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